The movie theatre is known as ciné in Panama. Panama City has two movie chains, Cinemark and Cinepolis. Altogether, there are six locations in the city. The Cinepolis theaters are in Multiplaza Mall, Soho Mall and Metro Mall. The Cinemark theaters are located in Los Pueblos, Albrook Mall and Multicentro Mall.
Movies usually cost around $4 or $5 USD, and around $6 for 3D showings. Movies in English and Spanish are shown in all the theaters, and Spanish subtitles are usually used for the English language movies. Look for "SUB" meaning subtitulos where the movie will be in English with Spanish subtitles. DOB stands for doblado where the movie will be dubbed into Spanish.
There are also VIP cinemas which offer larger, reclining seats, bigger screens, and even food delivery.
Panama City has a unique nightlife scene in that it's a composite of different scenes that don't fit perfectly together. It's a mix of underground and fancy upscale, modern and old, laid back and pretentious. This creates a lot of options.
The financial district is where you will find the swankier nightclubs and the best dressed party-goers, whereas Casco Viejo is more gritty and casual and filled with backpackers and travelers alike.
Many places have free cover. If they do charge a cover, it is usually between $2-$5 USD depending on the type of venue.
People who live in Panama dress up when they go out, as they are getting a break from the work grind culture of such an international hub city. If you want to get into clubs, do not show up wearing shorts, flip flops, loose clothing or a baseball cap.